SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.
Hoskins was the seventh pick of the fifth round and the 142nd pick overall. He is the highest-drafted Hornet since Tim Wheeler was selected in the first round in 2009 and is the fourth-highest drafted player in program history. Sacramento State has now had at least one player selected in the draft in eight straight years.
Last week, Hoskins was named a 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America Third Team selection as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Hoskins, who attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento, became the first All-American for the program since Wheeler in 2009.
He was the third player in program history to be named the WAC Player of the Year. During the 2014 regular season Hoskins led the WAC with nine home runs and a .563 slugging percentage while ranking second in runs batted in (45) and doubles (16). He hit .360 with six homers and 32 RBIs in WAC play, driving in more than one run per game in conference play.
He had 17 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games this year and at the WAC Tournament he hit .350 with three home runs and eight RBIs with a 2-homer game in the final. Hoskins ranks 18th in the NCAA with 12 home runs this season and followed Andrew Ayers in 2012 and Mike Eby in 1995 as the third Hornet WAC MVP honoree.
Hoskins was named to the 2014 Baseball America Division I Preseason All-America Third Team leading up to his junior season. In just three years at Sacramento State he is tied for third in program history with 128 career RBIs and with 49 career doubles, is sixth with 25 career home runs, and is eighth with 200 career hits.